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The Wood & Canvas Canoe

The Wood & Canvas Canoe
by Rollin Thurlow and Jerry Stelmok

The best and most complete guide to the construction, restoration and maintenance of wood and canvas canoes. Abundant photos and line drawings illustrate the step-by-step instructions. Includes study plans for the 17 1/2' Atkinson Traveler, the 15' Cheemaun and the 10' Whisper. The book is also a careful history of the evolution of the wood and canvas canoe, including extensive discussion of the building of birch bark canoes and sketches of many of the early canoe builders: Gerrish, White, Morris, Old Town and others.

186 pp. Paperback Now being reprinted:

  • Paperback Price $20.00
Using wooden canoes and maneuvering


  The Canoeist Sketchbook

  by Robert Kimber

  Now back in print, after a hibernation of sorts. In a unique way this book combines practical advice, humor and literary musings on the joys of wilderness canoeing. Robert Kimber is a regular contributor to Country Journal and Down East magazines, and writes articles for other national publications. The Canoeist Sketchbook is not a technical text or a whitewater epic, but gives thoughts of a seasoned canoeist who knows the heart and sole of canoeing and the wilderness.

  This book will bring a smile and a nod of approval from anyone interested in the out-of-doors, from the experienced canoeist to the novice hiker.

Illustrated by Jerry Stelmok



   *  Price $16.00

Books and videos regarding the atkinson traveler and other wooden and canvas canoes

Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America

by Edwin Tappen Adney & Howard Chapelle

The Birch bark canoes of the North American Indians were among the most advanced watercraft of their age.They could be used to carry heavy loads in shallow streams, but were light enough to be hauled over long distances over land.Built with Stone Age Tools, their design, size and appearance varied to suit the requirements of their users. Upon arrival in North America European settlers began using the native-made craft for traveling through the wilderness, and many of todays canoes are based on these age-old  designs. Illustrated with black and white drawings, diagrams and photos, this fascinating guide explores the development of the canoes, their role in history, the materials and the tools used to make them, their form and fabrication, regional differences in design and construction, and more. Anyone interested in canoes or the skills of the Native Americans will find this book as illuminating as it is important.

Paperback, 242 pages

    •  Price $19.00

Books and videos regarding canoeing and the wilderness

 Snow Walkers Companion

  by Garrett and and Alexandra Conover

  The Conovers are writers,educators and guides who have escorted thousands of wilderness adventurers though the wilds of the north. Now, you can take their expertise with you where ever you go. This is a guide to traditional winter camping. Learn how to stay warm in extreme cold temperatures and environments. Get practical advice on setting up tents and choosing the right gear. Discover and learn tips on reading lake and river ice conditions and more. Learn how to sleep warm, travel safe and many other skills that have become a lost artform. It's all in this essential book.

  Garrett continues to be a part-time worker in the shop during his off season as he has for the past many years.


   *  Price $22.00

Historic Canoe Company CatalogsHistoric Canoe Company Catalogs

- 1908 B. N. Morris Company
- 1910 Old Town Canoe Company

Reprints of these historic canoe catalogs offer a glimpse into the vast array of canoe styles being offered at the turn of the century. The pictures and descriptions of the canoes and their hardware make these catalogs wonderful guides for restoring old canoes built by these companies. Reprinted by the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association, LTD.  Price: $7.00/each


Canoe Steambending for WoodworkersSteambending For Woodworkers

In my years of boat building and teaching, I have found that many people are intimidated by the need to steambend wood, even though steambending can easily be done in a home shop without elaborate equipment.

The first portion of the video deals with theories of wood bending: how the compression and stretching of the wood during bending stresses the piece. Understanding this theory allows you to anticipate problems and prepare to overcome them. Then I take up practical issues of how to select wood - for species, dryness, grain, knots and other flaws, shape of the piece - and how to prepare and pre shape the wood. Next I show you how to construct a couple of different models of home built steam boxes, made from simple materials, and discuss alternative steaming operations.

"...You should be complimented on a job (video)
well solved several project problems
I was having and I certainly appreciate it."

- John Deusebio; Toronto, Canada

In the second half of the video, I bend several different pieces for you, from simple to more complex operations, and show you some tricks for handling difficult bends. Although construction - ribs (both for new canoes and replacement ribs for damaged canoes), hardwood stems, pre shaped rails and decks - the same theories and techniques apply equally to wood bending for all kinds of purposes. Whether you are working on larger boats, fine furniture, snowshoes, toboggans or any other bentwood projects, this video will help you make successful bends.

The tape was shot entirely in my own shop using high-quality home video equipment. While the tape is clear and crisp and carries the information I wanted to convey, please do no expect a slick, Hollywood-style production.

VHS Videotape - 65 minutes. $10.00

Now avaiable on DVD -$15.00

Shaping, steambending, planking, canvassing, sanding and painting handmade wooden canoes.

 Building the Atkinson Traveler

Building the Atkinson Traveler

I've made this video to help people understand the principles and techniques of building wood/canvas canoes. Using a 17 foot wilderness guide canoe as a model, it guides you through every step of construction, from selecting the rough stock, shaping the ribs, steambending, planking, canvassing, and sanding, to painting and installing the brass stembands.

Whether you want help building your own canoe or just want to know more about traditional canoe construction, you will find the film very informative and lively.

This video is an excellent companion to the book, The Wood and Canvas Canoe, and helps explain some of the more esoteric aspects of canoe building that are difficult to put in writing.

DVD- $15.00

No longer available on VHS



Winterwalk 2003


   Join Rollin Thurlow and such other notables as Alexandra and Garrett Conover and author Bob Kimber, while they travel the Georges River north to Ungava Bay in northeastern Canada.  The trip begins with a car and train ride deep into the Labrador interior. Then on snowshoes, unsupported and without restocking, the group travels east and north on the Riveiere De Pas and the Gorges River some 400 miles into northern Quebec. Rollin brought along a mini digital camera and managed to obtain five hours of tape which he condensed into this entertaining well edited film. Experience life on the trail in the traditional manner as it was and still is today. Available in video cassette and DVD. Filmed and edited by Rollin Thurlow.

VHS Videotape - 60 min. $10.00

DVD 60 - min. $15.00



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